Image Resources


The ARTstor digital library is the Bard Graduate Center’s primary resource for finding digital images and is accessible to students and faculty. ARTstor is a subscription-based online image library with more than 1.4 million images of the visual arts, humanities and social sciences, contributed by museums, archives, artists and scholars. Users can browse in a number of different fields, or search by keyword or by using advanced filters. Image quality is generally excellent, with high-resolution jpegs available for virtually all images. Note that searching for “IAP” alongside keywords will return images that have been designated by their contributor (primarily the Met) as freely publishable for academic purposes.

Shared Shelf Collections

The BGC's Visual Media Resources collection, which is in a state of constant and continual growth, represents a broad survey of the decorative arts and material culture, with deeper coverage in certain periods, materials or regions, as dictated by faculty interests. This collection of approximately 21,000 images is fully integrated into the ARTstor digital library through our subscription to ARTstor’s Shared Shelf. In addition to the BGC’s institutional collections, with its particular focus on the decorative arts and material culture, Bard College’s art historically oriented collection, with more than 34,000 images, is also available to students and faculty within Shared Shelf. In development are other Shared Shelf-accessible BGC image collections including the Exhibition, Institutional Photographs, and Library Ephemera collections. These resources are available for use on and off campus and their images may be used for educational purposes only as outlined in the Copyright Law of the United States. For an orientation in accessing ARTstor, please contact Barbara Elam for an appointment.

Also available below are links to external image and imaging resources, assembled and synopsized by the VMR. These links are available in one comprehensive, alphabetized list, or grouped by content and again listed alphabetically. If you have questions or if you'd like to offer suggestions or corrections regarding external resources, contact Barbara Elam.


External Resources


All Image Resources General Image Resources
Decorative Arts Architecture
Art History History of Science and Technology
American Studies Prints, Photographs, and Maps
Special Collections Multi-Media
Museum Websites Easy Access to Image Rights
Informational Resources Portal Sites

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An Elegant Interior with a Lady Reading; c. 1810; 62 x 51 cm; Marguerite Gerard (French, 1761-1837); oil on canvas; private collection.


This image, and 20,000 others, are available to students, faculty, and staff of the BGC through ARTstor's Shared Shelf.